The Wine: As of late, I’ve been seeing a lot more Red Wine blends on the shelves of Trader Joe’s; and it makes good sense. Grape growers or wine makers or grape brokers need to move some of their inventory, so they create a blend which results in enough cases for a national or regional grocery store chain, like Trader Joe’s which openly embraces the private or fictitious label wine scene. It’s us, the curious consumer who can really benefit from this sort of situation. Our wine today, Lost Sonnet from ‘Our Cellars’ is no doubt another perfect example; it comes from the same producers as Hamilton Stevens and another Trader Joe’s Reserve Petite Sirah. So, how is this wine?
Color: Fairly rich/dense strawberry, plum hue.
Nose: Quite fragrant berry preserves, vanilla, smokiness, little herbaceous, some wood and baking spices.
Palate: Pretty decent tannins quickly dry your mouth, then a layer of dried berries followed by coco, vanilla, little herby, spiciness and moderate acidity to the finish, which really begins to fall flat after about eight-seconds.
Here’s a wine that is not really flawed, but nor is it brimming of original character; it’s a result of technical wine making. The appellation is Napa Valley, so it’s true to the appellation with a heavy dose of oak treatment on both the nose and palate. Is this bad? Not necessarily. But you will probably end up saying ‘This tastes like other wines I’ve had from Napa before’. But, probably paid a lot more for! So, on that account, this is good. If you’re looking for a revolutionary wine, this is not the right choice. If you’re looking for a bargin on a Napa Red Wine, this is certainly the right choice. What do you think of this wine?
- Price: $10
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Grape Blend: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
- Appellation: Napa Valley
- Cellar: Our Cellars, Healdsburg.